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BlackRock CEO warns policymakers about impact of low rates on savers

BlackRock Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink is pictured at a business roundtable meeting of company leaders and U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Washington in this June 13, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

PARIS (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc Chief Executive Larry Fink said on Friday it was essential for policymakers to consider how economies are being affected by the behavior of savers, who have cut back on consumption because of low yields.

Speaking at a conference hosted by the Bank of France, Fink said a failure to generate decent returns meant savers were not making enough gains to support themselves in retirement.

"This gap we estimate of having all this money in the short-term area is about a trillion dollars in terms of what (savers) need to invest and support themselves in retirement," Fink said.

"In our view that is why we are seeing a flattening of the yield curve, and in fact we may see an inverted yield curve in the future if we don't start seeing some recognition in terms of the short end for savers."

(Reporting by Leigh Thomas and David Milliken, writing by Andy Bruc; editing by William Schomberg)